We are resurrecting the tombstone contest. The current one will run until September 10, 2018. After that, the editors will chose 5 semi-finalists. The winner will be chosen from that pool by the reader’s poll and announced on Halloween, October 19, 2018.


What would you like to see written on your tombstone? Due to the cost of the letters and the limited space on the face of the stone,
12 words or fewer entries, please.

Two entries per author max.

The winner will be paid $10* and get a PDF or a Kindle copy of Condensed to Flash: World Classics, an anthology for people who love concise writing that is intense, entertaining and educational. This anthology features variations on themes of world classics, condensed to 500 words or fewer.


There is no entry fee for the contest.



Click on the Guidelines to submit. The guidelines page has a link to all submissions.


*We like to save paper, so we require a PayPal address for winners



The previous winners:


August 2014

Keep off the damn grass!  Gretchen Tessmer.  The August winner.


 September 2014

Here lies a shallow man, buried deep. Liam Hogan

Here lies a good man who will continue to be trod upon. Tony Brown

The one appointment I couldn’t miss. Monty Hall

This is NOT the retirement plan I had in mind. Phillip Chamberlain

November 2014

He is in death, as he was in life, a grave man.  Forrest Buchly



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